“It’s very interesting because you’re able to learn about the culture and language at the same time. The exchange trips are a great opportunity to make new friends and visit another country. I would recommend studying any language at RNC – all the teachers are enthusiastic and fun. It’s great to learn a different communication skill, such as a language, which helps in day to day life. Teaching is geared towards individual students so you have every chance to do well. Charlotte Lamparter.
- GCSE (Level 2)
- AS Level (Level 3)
- A Level (Level 3)
Duration of programme
- 1 year for GCSE
- 1 year for AS Level
- 2 years for A Level
AS and A Level are separate qualifications but are taught alongside each other for the first year. This gives AS students the opportunity to switch to the full A Level if they are ready.
- At GCSE you need some previous experience of studying German at Key Stage 3; ideally to grade D or E (grade 3 or 2) or Level 1 NVQ.
- For AS and A Level you should have 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C (grade 4) or above; these should include German, Maths and English Language.
However, individual circumstances can be discussed at your Pre-Entry Assessment.
GCSE German broadens your existing knowledge of German language and culture; this helps you to work towards independence as a language learner.
The AS and A Level syllabuses include culture, current affairs and other ethical issues such as immigration, crime, politics and religious beliefs, as well as developing your language skills.
Students are taught in small groups; there is a mixture of discussion, reading and written work. You will need to undertake lesson preparation tasks as well as formal ‘homework’ and assessment practice.
If you wish to study languages at university, you will learn how to use a Virtual Learning Environment, known as Moodle, to help prepare you for studies in Higher Education.
Assessment of GCSEs and A Levels is by examination, including an exam in Speaking and Listening. Exam formats at both GCSE and A level can include questions that are very challenging for people with visual impairments – we specialise in finding ways of helping you to succeed
Course Enrichment Opportunities
RNC languages offer lively social activities both inside College and within the Herefordshire languages community.
We have links with Nikolauspflege school in Stuttgart. We organise regular trips to Germany which offers you the chance to explore new cultures as well as practising your German language skills. Places on the trip are prioritised for language students.
Having a foreign language gives you a big advantage when it comes to applying for jobs. Many companies now say that they prefer staff to be able to speak more than one language.
The language skills you learn at RNC will equip you to work in a range of professional workplaces.
Language A Levels will also prepare you for Higher Education if you choose to continue your studies at university.
Student timetables at RNC
We recognise that all of our learners are individuals, which is why no two students will have the same timetable. As well as each student’s core area(s) of study, they will have a mixture of ICT Skills, Orientation and Mobility, Independent Living Skills and/or Braille on their timetables, dependent on their individual needs, goals and objectives.
Here’s what the teachers have to say…
“So many students at RNC try a language here for the first time and find that they have a real flair. In some cases, they haven’t been given the chance to study a language at school or to take part in trips abroad. Over the last few years we have taken students (some who have never travelled outside the UK before) to France, Spain and Germany and they’ve made friends with lots of language speakers outside college in the local community. One student discovered she was so good at French that she went on to take a GCSE and gained a grade A*!” Claire Lewin – Languages Teacher